The 21st Century Herbalist

Orange and Clary Sage Bath

Ninja herbalism: efficient and crafty old school solutions for the modern world, prepared in under 15 minutes.

This week’s herbal blend is a bath recipe that I’ve designed to cleanse and reinvigorate your skin. The powerful astringent quality of the orange peel and sage work together to effectively clean your skin and help to reduce blotchiness and body acne.  Orange peel’s antioxidant and high vitamin C content help promote a healthy, glowing complexion, while the sage and epsom salts detoxify and disinfect.  This bath is ideal for oily, acne prone skin and is safe for teens and adults.

If you have leftover powdered milk and ground oatmeal from last week’s Calming Oatmeal Facial, you can modify the recipe below by adding: 1/4 c. ground oatmeal, 1/4 c. powdered milk and reduce the epsom salts to 1/4 c.  Add the remaining ingredients as listed.

You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 c. epsom salts
  • 1 tbsp. chopped, dried sage leaves (if you prefer fresh sage, use 8-10 crushed leaves instead)
  • 1 tbsp. chopped, dried orange peel (if you prefer fresh orange peel, use the peel of 1 medium sized orange instead)
  • 15 drops clary sage essential oil
  • bath bag*

The Bath Bag
Put the sage and orange peel (and optional ground oatmeal) in your bath bag.  Add the clary sage essential oil drops directly to the herbs.  Tightly seal the bag with a long piece of cord or twine.

*A note on bath bags.  You can purchase a cloth bath bag or metal bath diffuser for this project.  If you prefer to DIY, use a 10″ x 10″ square of fine mesh fabric (like cheese cloth, linen or old nylons/pantyhose), pour your ingredients into the middle, pull up the corners and secure with a piece of twine.  Allow enough room in the bag for the herbs to expand as they soak in the warm bath water.

Fill the Tub and Relax
Hang the bath bag around the faucet so it is directly in the flow of warm water.  Pour the epsom salts (and optional powdered milk) into the base of the water flow, so it dissolves.  When the tub is filled half way, climb in and gently agitate the water to disperse the salts.

Once the tub is full, remove the bag from the faucet and squeeze it a couple of times into the bath water.  Drop the bag into the water and let it float while you slowly lean back and soak for 20-30 minutes.

Revive and Restore
To invigorate your skin and senses, follow your bath with a cool shower.  Use a soft towel to gently pat yourself dry, then apply a moisturizer.  Sometimes epsom salts can induce perspiration, which helps eliminate waste and toxins from your skin.  To rehydrate your skin and assist in the detoxifying process, drink a glass of water with 1-2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice.

I hope you enjoy the earthy, citrus scent of this cleansing bath!


Next Week: Rose Petal Tea

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